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How To Prevent Burst and Frozen Pipes in Winter

20 December 2021

With the prospect of wintery weather and further storms upon us, the cold weather is beginning to bite. We wish to share some tips on preventing the escape of water from burst pipes in winter.

The cost and inconvenience resulting from a burst pipe can be considerable. Just a small leak can lead to gallons of water escaping and damaging the property and its contents.

There are simple measures one can take to prevent burst pipes in cold weather:

  • Keep the property well heated in winter months.
  • Get your boiler serviced and ensure the thermostat is working properly.
  • Insulate pipework in the attic and unheated spaces, as well as cold water tanks.
  • Be sure to know where the water stop valve is so you can turn off the supply in the event of a burst pipe.
  • Install a water leak detection system which automatically shuts off the water supply if it detects a leak. If you are unsure how to do this, please get in touch with us.
  • Disconnect outside hoses and protect outside taps to prevent increasing pressure inside the house when external water pipes freeze.
  • If the property is unoccupied, arrange a regular inspection inside and out and log the inspection for future reference, and consider draining down the water system and shutting it off.


Please note that some insurance policies make specific requirements for second homes and unoccupied properties. This includes imposing terms relating to the central heating and property inspections so please check your policy wording.

For more advice on protecting your property or requirements made on you by your insurer, please get in touch with us here.


Mark Richards, Private Client Director at Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers

Mark Richards

Private Clients Director


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